I mentioned in my last post that our new cleaning lady was here yesterday, so I thought I’d talk about that a little.

Josh and I have ocassionally discussed having Merry Maids come in, but I was never hugely keen on the idea for some reason. If you ask me why, I probably wouldn’t be able to articulate it, but I think it has something to do with the idea of complete strangers being in my house (even while I’m here) and stories I’ve heard in the past of people who’ve had things stolen from them by Merry Maids’ employees.

So a few weeks ago I was chatting with my hair dresser, who I’ve actually known for years (prior to her being my hair dresser) and in random conversation she mentioned her cleaning lady (the random conversation was about how her cleaning lady ran over a nest of baby bunnies in Jen’s driveway…). I started asking questions and Jen talked about how great Lucia was, how trustworthy she was, how much she charged, etc. She’s from…Argentina, I think, and asked Jen to find her any work she could. So I gave Jen my number to pass on to Lucia.

This is where I admit I’m a terrible housewife. I get the basics done (very basics) but otherwise have no motivation to do housework. It’s made harder by the fact that I AM home all day. Working. But I still can’t get past this belief that I should somehow magically find the time in my day to do chores while I’m working. It’s a huge drawback to working from home because bad enough when other people think that working from home means tons of extra time in your day, but it’s terrible when you put that pressure on yourself. I’ve always said an “office” job would be easier for that reason.

I finally realized that I was either going to have to find someone to help out, or move out and let the dust bunnies have the house. I also realized that I do work really hard, my husband works really hard, and we’re not lazy. We just don’t want to spend all of our time cleaning, doing chores or otherwise when there are so many other (fun) things we could be doing. And since we do work hard, we can afford to budget for a cleaning lady.

She came by on Monday and gave me a quote. I wasn’t actually expecting her until next Thursday (small language barrier issue) so I was surprised to see her Thursday. But happy πŸ™‚ She was here for 5 1/2 hours and she did an AMAZING job. My full bathroom has never been that clean. I could have eaten out of the tub. She cleaned things it wouldn’t have occurred to me to ask her to clean. She just did it as if it was routine. Last night, Josh and I would randomly go through the house and I’d say, “Look she cleaned –” and we’d look at it and go “no way!” Yes, we’re in love with the cleaning lady.

As I said to him, it’s very liberating to have a clean house so you don’t have to always have it at the back of your mind that you need to do this or that, but at the same time to not have been the one to spend 6 hours doing all that deep cleaning.

Lucia is coming back in two weeks (we’re going to have her every other week to do the big cleaning) and I’m already wishing she was coming every week. I’m just enjoying the clean house feel that she left behind! And I’ve decided I will not feel guilty for hiring a cleaning lady. It gives me time to enjoy my weekends and nights with my family, and if I’m not working so I can do that, then what am I working for?

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